The Essential Checklist for Your New Home

By Ana Farrell
X1ttl3waol Lvl8bm6 Srnnib4t0su Dvygwm3 6x4hbrkbaiw5er4qtyyxqvqofv8ofizgyorfh7gf2oodw0xtkb Xm1lqjcdsg9qp1mjtgh Wfe D6g5yzg Vls7oboggkg7e64vd5yaziyg
Photo Courtesy: Unsplash / HiveBoxx

When you’re moving into a new home, there are a few items that every household should have. These are the gadgets and items that are essential to making your house function properly, yet you may not have thought of them before if this is your first house or apartment.

From kitchen necessities to what to consider when buying furniture, here’s a checklist to help you keep track of everything you need.

Advertisement

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is something you should always do when you move somewhere new, as you might not know if it was done by the previous inhabitants. Plus, when will you have a better opportunity to do it? You can arm yourself with a few basics such as a bucket, mop, steam cleaner, broom and vacuum.

Nc1t1on6i1hl9 D3tfue7g4gp1oo0kjjkuz68i3qtvhbmt8sfohsmvvr3o Cxjkpbxdwkio3 N6 Pgvnr7fjzvrjlgcbaldygyrs7qtqadmhzcv2a 6sy2rrhhq2sgs54ufl1q8ntfimavvkew
Photo Courtesy: CDC/Unsplash

For smaller cleaning supplies, rags, sponges, a scrub brush and disinfectants are always useful to have on hand. While your favorite household cleaner will usually do the trick, you can also look up some recipes for vinegar and lemon-based cleaners you can make at home. Paper towels in bulk are also helpful.

Kitchen Must-Haves

When you’re moving into your first house or apartment, there are a few must-haves that you’ll want to have ready before you even move in so that you don’t have to run out and get them later. These staples include trash bags, sponges, rags, cleaning supplies and dish soap.

F6 Cxpo 4tgclioym7wsjqbxaa85qqj20hpk Hyka1zhqvcrsejmkrlv2fxdy8hmryfa1zdhzrwi0l5wphbrgxzxu8rxzvdpnlu4ff3yuueombzbatfx0mnwvlsdijfexeyr Zhsefg076kaaw
Photo Courtesy: Dane Deaner/Unsplash

In addition, paper products, storage containers, scrub brushes, chip clips and a paper towel holder will help keep your kitchen orderly right out of the gate. You should also make sure to grab dish towels, potholders and a garbage can. You can store these goods in a couple labeled boxes so that you can set things up the moment you’re moved in.

Small Appliances

No matter how much you cook, there are a few small appliances that will help you out in the kitchen, such as a toaster, coffee pot, teapot and blender. Having these items ready is particularly important for new college or high school graduates who are living on their own for the first time.

Pjntp1wiscf6meg9yytsv2nn6g Uqch6yixgw9mgwdkioxtwuwzoo9bk5atyjqu9kso7mmvjnpekmr99ujqhkzufaagcqum4zhqpdqcqhpykz1 Ne2beeckop Hom95jywa9abhkd4iddqwyvq
Photo Courtesy: Kayla Phaneuf/Unsplash

You may also want to include a slow cooker or crockpot, a pressure cooker and a food processor. All of these appliances come in small sizes that can easily fit on the counter or in cabinets, and they can be used to cheaply and efficiently make a range of meals.

Advertisement

Cookware

Whether this will be your first kitchen or you simply neglected cooking before, there’s no time like the present to set up a proper kitchen. For a full cooking experience in your new home, you’ll most likely need a couple of baking sheets, a glass pan, metal pan, small saucepot, frying pan, and large pot.

B Jydlc9450mf75tbnl9xk4yyqutq9nfrrv33jfa8tocgaiyerxvernh Tdmtybint Doygxmqikuanxrhc6ryuutwxjsoumhy03q4ddtpwu Glrvej63kz3znzxjmtdnptoquwygvz8yx2kcq
Photo Courtesy: Kevin McCutcheon/Unsplash

If you like to bake, include some muffin tins, a larger baking pan and a couple of additional glass pans. Anything that includes a lid for easy storage is a major perk. Glass bowls with lids for serving, baking, and mixing are also essential.

Dishes and Glassware

When it comes to dishes and glasses, how many you need is ultimately up to you. Do you entertain a lot? Then you’ll need numerous plates, bowls and cups. Wine and shot glasses may also be in order depending on how you like to spend an evening. If you prefer to enjoy time by yourself or with just a couple friends, however, you can get away with far fewer plates.

Emt Zrkmarmwslcji0b31nq 9bkj50sp5pfandi8nqyyqv0yq7fekzb7c2fo Ajkavdoy 9odpjfwxkqxihza92gmsmurejvqnvjvyzsg Kl6 Cstm2j0jyyini Jkbc4rbfc Fsnfm1ibfdaq
Photo Courtesy: Brooke Lark/Unsplash

Whatever you decide, don’t forget coffee mugs, water glasses and travel cups. Storage containers are also a must-have, and large bowls can be great for fruit, candy or other treats for guests.

Silverware and Utensils

Most silverware can be bought in sets so that you get all the spoons, butter knives and forks you need at once. If you cook a lot, however, you may want to invest in some nicer cutlery. A peeler, garlic press, chopping knife, pizza cutter, and kitchen scissor are also useful.

3 Wpxelec9vpa5rqfkwmgi6dee84m5gaf G3ofnq2h30eqx0wcevwuk9vhmpdjihi Osdgbuneniesufbfrcsyqkrqkwnndauueutafttfehs3tq8ztzorrljrbqrwzskg54ovmr8kvsl5wfw
Photo Courtesy: Jarek Ceborski/Unsplash

Additional must-have kitchen utensils include measuring cups, spoons, spatulas, wooden spoons, and tongs. Many of these items often come in sets that include everything you need to prepare a basic meal.

Advertisement

Bedding

Basic bedding is something you want to have ready for your first night in your new home. While everyone sleeps differently, there are a few pieces every new bed should have. To start, look for bedding sets that include a fitted sheet, flat sheet and two pillowcases.

Fua8m2rkw G3ik V Sdbkjih7x2iziwy1hmmwbkwczo74pj432xo3ddr73ep Zp3y4jt Xjnph3okvhuo Oreh2x5vmg4dbkfz6cgxmxmulvr8plri A7kh7jesltoeqh3enezlo2g7j5jogww
Photo Courtesy: Nicole Wolf/Unsplash

Depending on how cold or hot you are, you can go for an additional comforter or duvet cover and quilt. Large pillow shams and throw pillows also make your bed look and feel luxurious. If you aren’t moving with a bedframe and mattress, go out and test a few to find one you sleep well in.

Nightstand Essentials

The nightstand is often an underrated bedtime essential. One or two of them are great for holding lamps, phone chargers, reading lights, glasses, water and all of your go-to items. You can even find nightstands that come with built-in USB chargers or lights.

Rzzqzxxyc0nvqlxfirehwm3iwunf29tnmeiza4zqu4n2mgl279g2a5leumydl4lsvpt4d2fre5pfz Jeqva Kbxi8qokiazr Acwxfdrkdvt G0baacoylwkgbh2rkq9vjy9yguxsodsxmmb A
Photo Courtesy: Lina Verovaya/Unsplash

In terms of drawers, think about how you plan to use the nightstand. If you’re a reader, for instance, you may use a drawer to hold a book or a pair of reading glasses. You might also need to charge an electronic tablet or plug in a humidifier, so choose your nightstand accordingly.

Bedroom Storage

Typically, a bedroom should include a dresser and a chest of drawers or armoire. For storage, think about the types of clothes you have and how big your closet is. If you have a tiny closet, make up for the lack of storage space by getting a bigger wardrobe or dresser.

Gg8y Qpk8gimgsthagoscctdlnsksl4fqqy 0w5pgvkkyry9qynmvdoudix8dej F9wkiqkkdy2uahhrf0jtswr4clilcjc2vtf74mhzzhfwtpi8 Lochnmv7dfqespd1xxzxkyza6 9hqqfrg
Photo Courtesy: Sarah Brown/Unsplash

You can get an ottoman for the foot of your bed that doubles as a place to store extra bedding or bulky clothing. Under-the-bed storage containers are also great for holding seasonal clothes or items you don’t need every day.

Advertisement

Closet Organization

Having an organized and streamlined closet makes getting out of the house a lot easier in the morning. Get some non-slip velvet hangers to make storing clothing easy and set yourself up for success by ensuring your clothes remain wrinkle-free and easy to find each morning.

Dxkylwk7p7z Vefm Aivppnpfd5oe4yiaggdnd Kzcwjiut 7cakers1bwuq 83gzmzsclz8ujcomwgbxkvl5w9hwo Uuxwfohpc0jhhkonu9gqx J7albovoc1xj7usd Pewtsktzssmrxha
Photo Courtesy: Jordi Pujadas/Unsplash

If you have a closet door, you can also add an over-the-door mirror, hooks or a shoe holder. This can help save space and get things off the floor. A shoe rack is also handy if you don’t have closet organizers. For little items, consider getting drawer organizers.

Bedroom Décor

To make your bedroom feel like home, add some cozy touches and decorative items, such as artwork, extra bedding, rugs, lamps, mirrors and a seating area if you have the room. Throw pillows, blankets and artwork will add pops of color.

Gvqbpjlvbxfvscjg4hrx8s3qao54m Hksdmgwlu1x6dznrok9a7st4cwegpniitro8tlpdp 0o4ge4ouswfecaek6gvjyzdtmyf4tjfpdho7 Imt7tyhi01k88yux9uxxqqgft4 Xdfsrmdwrq
Photo Courtesy: Chastity Cortijo/Unsplash

Mirrors are not only practical, but can also help make your bedroom appear larger. If this is your first house or apartment, don’t forget basic items such as a hamper and a garbage can. If you have the room, add a chair or two for putting on shoes or reading.

Bathroom Must-Haves

Your bathroom is where you start and end your day, so make sure your new bathroom has everything you need. Some practical bathroom must-haves include a plunger, toilet brush, soap, scale and shower caddy. You’ll also need a wastebasket. If there isn’t one on the wall, include a toilet paper holder as well.

0kum8mjmogjke1lkpskq7 Yo59wlnn8ypagi90br3f1fiseygw4h Dd97lyqpxdc3ejwb2e6mz0yndbtwfdyiuyblwk5modn3eq Am7bt61fl6kqjbslnoevbegr0e3rniz2j05zdwp J4eemg
Photo Courtesy: Roberto Nickson/Unsplash

If you have a shower or bathtub combination without a door, a shower curtain is another must. Don’t forget to include the liner and shower rings as well. You can use your shower curtain to add some color or set the tone for your décor.

Advertisement

Towels

If this is your first place, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to towels. You should also look for sets of towels that include hand and face towels as well as body towels.

E7cavpusdnjh7z9ypka3oa29 Odq 9veqrk959apwukhnjr4thrzyrcjz Ohc5ljmvqencom2yh9knsv5nwsuahcywpl2h62b9tb Seed2qkh Lzwv1 Fk2vevzdaq4rbjvxa8ficbj Ll2gxq
Photo Courtesy: Lina Verovaya/Unsplash

You will also need a bathmat, rugs and extra towels for guests or additional bathrooms. If you don’t have towel holders, you can install some hooks or add something to the back of the door to hang your wet towel or bathrobe. Towels are a great chanceto add color as well.

Bathroom Accessories

Moving is a great time to get a new toothbrush and take stock of what accessories need replacing. Things like toothbrush holders, shower curtains, wastebaskets, and soap dispensers can get grimy over time.

B6zdrr4lgkismecmvh4luo 7suhdi O Kg4qjjhqteus7wy3ffrpmizlufmljich8hwxrb0dquldvm7 E2x5zuqt7 Wcn0jvxhl4iccspwbqefmgr9lmwktnc96rl8v0xh4cksx9a8knu0pa7w
Photo Courtesy: Supply/Unsplash

Other bathroom accessories to consider include a tissue holder, soap or lotion dispensers, shower caddy and compartments to store make-up, shaving supplies and hair tools. You can keep these items out on your vanity or stored under your sink. Over the toilet storage is another option if space is limited.

Toiletries

You may want to stock up on or replace your toiletries before moving to make life easier on yourself later. These include toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, shaving cream, hand soap, deodorant and face wash.

Tko Wtkdmn X Czcnbg9z0qwq2remvzgdzd7zoyfsapaidmqyrd Ucohiwvivxgiclsnocejr Mjja037wg42x 26kgd0xcejtjj0n J719hkbqehpcgca02gunv4vhehckelyeg0zwni9hdtw
Photo Courtesy: Goby/Unsplash

Now is a good time to refill toilet paper, tissues and bathroom cleaning supplies as well. Toilet paper, toothpaste and shampoo in particular should be added to the box of stuff you’re unpacking first.

Advertisement

Laundry Essentials

There are a few essentials that every laundry room needs to function at its best, including detergents, dryer sheets, bleach, spray bottles and a pair of scissors for losse threads. When you move, stock up on these supplies so that you’re not scrambling to do laundry after you move.

Stfif9n29x1swajmvjbkztfq5dtr3nbslyipbe48cnibvxozzyu Cztbe7rop2dadkq8g9yy2yk 4dkxx5meueldbd2m1yzzwrewha Qsrzvyom1ui Ywbfersv02ot0zch9phgejaolrvmlba
Photo Courtesy: Dan Gold/Unsplash

You’ll also likely need an iron, ironing board and a drying rack. Depending on how much room you have, you may be able to add shelving for cleaning supplies, paper products and a sorting area.

Hampers

If this is your first place, one of the most crucial items to get is a hamper. You might as well use a couple of hampers while you’re stocking up on supplies, with one for dirty clothes and an additional one for sorting or other purposes.

6d0wifbzwgngp9ud5std6f0ts8uqfrszwgjl Ydmduzgiehccaepgp Nkgfk2gincnmbnbvu12dbigfosvu7gyzobdn0hmkwm7cm2wcncdjo1vvdbnb4upd Zszal0py7ve Qrckvw7vqslsog
Photo Courtesy: Andy Fitzsimon/Unsplash

For example, you can keep one near the bathroom for towels and another for gym clothes. Another helpful hamper tip is to keep additional laundry hampers on different floors to cut down on trips up the stairs.

Kitchen And Utility Storage

While you’re setting up your home, think about spaces that aren’t normally utilized. You can potentially turn the spaces under your stairs, beneath your bed or behind doors into useful storage. For your cabinets, don’t forget risers that can add additional levels of storage.

09lnxtjwmimvj9q8iaqbtnvfqvcdqk Tqbgescew973pehjn2oooxvurnaqir1l Gye5vjood425tg84js6qyvu Nicpvct66mmi38kdlxg G8uwtbjzsqj3gqg75zsrnaz9e6nqrmo5t75ivq
Photo Courtesy: Ruta Celma/Unsplash

You can organize your drawers with dividers that keep utensils and silverware in their proper place. In your pantry, separate cans, boxes and additional loose items in bins and boxes so they are easily seen.

Advertisement

Rugs

Not only do rugs help keep your home warm but they can also add to the personality of a room. When it comes to which rug to purchase, consider your budget and and the colors of other furniture and the walls in each room

Zeai Ocupc5uubulh Zsupowc5qnijzzm5nkfckosuszlbhml1qntzmevcppg55n9jstap3apxahes85dwmtn71tcxej8tyqetf1rqavjbm3nhruhdgyow9afwylau C3lhz Pbm Uqr9tosg
Photo Courtesy: The Creative Exchange/Unsplash

You’ll likely want rugs for the dining room and bathroom as well as mats for each entryway. From there, you can add rugs to bedrooms or anywhere else you need to add a little warmth and softness.

Windows

If you move into a new space where the windows aren’t covered, you may feel like you’re living in a fishbowl. Curtains, sheers and blinds will give you privacy and keep the sunlight out when you want them to.

C98eecjpg0jzuo2fkwell39 Dxfvyovsm 3ifesltiqjqdi23vpwdaf9wk6jzt2ly7impk13mdr Wg6nup7l6pns4ci7nqe54rtf2nzm Asbt9enbw9 Di493nhujonaxw6ffmxhkl7tmqtooa
Photo Courtesy: Eduard Militaru/Unsplash

In your main living spaces, you’ll want something that can let light in during the day but also provide privacy and darkness when you want it. Getting solid shades for your bedroom is particularly important, especially if you’re a late riser.

Get Cozy

It’s the little things that make a room feel like a home. Throw blankets and pillows can help keep you warm as well as also adding some color to your space, while a few well-placed trinkets can add personality to side tables and other spaces.

Typcaszi4ovvvtmmhtbq09dzlsmxtv Nubpbn87mhwjmbvx0bz2fmo Hdvxaworredrrvzcgjojexmnysoawq6 2jlrki Mtdsdbttj0zfgtnx5y29y5eg 6id8wuqckmx Hlgr2rdihjalefq
Photo Courtesy: Nery Zarate/Unsplash

If you have a fireplace, consider decorating it with family pictures a favorite painting. You’ll also need basic fire utensils if you have a wood-burning fireplace in addition to a safety screen. Keep extra firewood on hand for cold nights.

Advertisement

Picture Frames

Pictures can personalize your house, but picture frames personalize pictures. You can use frames to suit a given room’s style or to highlight the content of the pictures themselves.

Qn538ul Lwwgmx87 Yx7ti 63xmzuya7jvuzwxmyrsxc1gt Sarhkey3ctnvjr7nwo9bmhkl7mjrb0 4ezy4pqfho3xy5c9dhyhlkn9k8ezra72bg9exg1jdfsslzp0k2 Hhetv3q7hkhgvb0g
Photo Courtesy: Kaylah Otto/Unsplash

You can often buy a set of frames in various sizes, which can make matching picture frames that much easier. However, you can also choose custom frames for your pictures for a more eclectic but personalized look or to highlight particularly important images.

Mudroom

A mudroom is a space for guests to take off jackets and shoes before entering a house, but not every home or apartment comes with one. By getting creative with storage, however, almost any hallway or entryway can double as a mudroom — with the right supplies.

Zfj0 Affpaejxzxibrawibyw9hwzvjy7tidav3rcd2drjkjbsz0ueqi Bpo3soil2czyy8vq573plfdfkxyzeumcn4xdz42f31mgqghgmsa5y Lrqpyafdme9c6z0jeundtp4razq7cw9f1nrg
Photo Courtesy: Douglas Sheppard/Unsplash

A hall tree, bench, coat rack or cubby system can help keep shoes, bags and jackets from piling up by the door, and they don’t have to take up much space. If you have the room, you can also give every family member a cabinet or bin for shoes, umbrellas and bags with others reserved for guests.

Office Organization

Whether you have a designated office or not, you can still create an area to work. Before you move, decide what traits you need in a workspace — outlets, room for drinks, bookshelves or anything else — and look for an area that can meet your needs.

Aoma0dzxebuvnlmcsnqnbnhjc2euy5haboatj1zpixzrpdjuqw0whpk8h Lkzkizlmd3gvfgikkia8robskyfw4jiymjh Rgcpkywceodc3c6j0l7qlz1n K8psf4l Z3d Kldemo8rps0eayw
Photo Courtesy: Bench Accounting/Unsplash

Once you have one in mind, fill out the space with a desk, table chair or any other heavy furniture you need to be comfortable. If space is at a premium and you don’t have other storage, a mug can be used to hold pens and other knick knacks.

Advertisement

Living Room Furniture

Whether you’re a new homeowner or a seasoned veteran, moving can be a great opportunity to toss out old furniture and bring in new items to complement your change in residence. Choose styles based on the design of your new rooms or remodel based on the furniture you choose — just be prepared to pay in time and money if you opt for the latter.

Vwjzd Dbl5lj8jbrcchrwrykt41l2ahubt7kyeovk2lmthqeljvobayydklamneoxeo4yub58vm3j Mj7i8yqib Jfxzdzfxuodqk3oioyons4yrjkpy1 5wsax7apbqvmcdttwzs4jxzhif0a
Photo Courtesy: Paige Cody/Unsplash

If your apartment or new home is small, consider making your living room serve multiple functions. A foldout couch can prepare it for use as a guest room, while a table can make it work as a dining space.

Dining

How much dining space you need can vary greatly depending on the size of your family and home. Sometimes, you may need a lot of furniture to properly furnish your dining space. Other times, you may just need a couple of bar stools to seat yourself in a small apartment.

Wi3ckwapiine22kwnqftv1414flan7krcgguamq9lxcg Iwoxwwkefxbccxrffxfh5yehusqkvitwx6eza W8wdwnizovmmkwzcbbr5ueywj9ahyk5d06n8uccreb0pvngb2q8vf4tqn9lifug
Photo Courtesy: Ali Inay/Unsplash

Common dining furniture includes bar or counter stools, a dining room table and chairs and possibly additional table sets for an eat-in kitchen or basement. It may be helpful to purchase some of these items after you have lived in a home for a while so you know what you need.

Patio Party

If you’re hoping to entertain a lot outdoors or spend time there yourself, good patio furniture is worth the investment. Patio and outdoor spaces can double as living areas when furnished properly. Whether you have a deck, a large yard or even just a balcony built for two, it’s worth taking some measurements before you move in so you can get shopping

Nc7gin2k3f3uk83ofp9s7xf1m0h2cumrhue8 C0wazevfnycywbrpsgqooaql O4bdrm2drti 3ml6euqvea5wix3vwgjimzxezj Mq4xpgpuamcezt0vozm5wliuo7tc61al99fyas Qb9jq
Photo Courtesy: Johanna Dahlberg/Unsplash

There are literally thousands of dining sets that can fit small or large spaces. You may also want to look for lounge chairs and other comfort items. Don’t forget a grill and umbrellas for shade as well.

Advertisement

Guest Space

If you have a lot of family or friends that stay with you, making sure they feel at home is probably a top priority. If you have a guest room for people to stay in, look for comfortable bedding that can help your guests cozy up. Be sure to add guest towels and toiletries if you have space as well.

Yepdjgxccrxsgjgbvfcajzdzrh2szi7trer6dvpxg5jhwyh2u9eov1owy9pnaqlruqpxmc7yno3sbkz1bpgf1byc1aqgl Osduhudnomwqeqeuvhyazm1w44a5kuzs4xj 8adxbfu6p7m4rqiq
Photo Courtesy: House Method/Unsplash

If you don’t have an extra guest room, pull out couches and air mattresses can still work well for hosting family and friends. When space is limited, find an air mattress, futon, or a couch that pulls out.

Hosting

If you entertain a lot, there are a few essentials every host or hostess should have in stock. Consider buying a bar cart or other piece of furniture that can help you serve drinks and double as storage. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create extra entertaining space.

Yjpsua8pcodbqihejowz8zsbb1hpn1gowskwbf1 6yqe0v7yqswqvpjta L9hucgaonkzc6p5wgcevoegoiwjq9nqxdzpjcc67owle9deivpxmf Uqwgovpyxsqreui8go4ixuoackczu9rg Q
Photo Courtesy: Kelsey Chance/Unsplash

A bar cabinet will not only store bottles, glasses, serve ware and extra party supplies but can also give you an extra serving surface. You might also want to invest in some serving platters, cheese boards and anything else you’d need for a get-together.

Bring Nature In

If you don’t have a huge outdoor space or a lot of green areas near your new home, think about bringing nature indoors. You can buy inexpensive houseplants that may last for several years or longer if properly cared for.

Ekzaghj6q0e8zhw2rq8pvhhrskjsanmgjqu2 Uyjj0mbjnvp0zvxgze27yoc3u7hpagy2ezutjg1quhmxgxyh90q 8klrgnq00g0fwzcr Nmj Cjlr5c6owwauusfcny6 H Qth2gy Wrn9q
Photo Courtesy: Brooke Cagle/Unsplash

Keep in mind that some plants, such as succulents, are easy enough to care for that even the least green of thumbs can care for them. These plants don’t require much water and they hardly ever need pruning.

Advertisement